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Spring Cleaning?

Posted on Feb 27, 2019 in Safety

Indoor Electrical Safety During the winter months, it’s easy for cords to get misplaced or collect some dust. Take the time to move extension cords out of high traffic areas of the home to avoid a tripping hazard and decide whether they are still useful to you.  Inspect cords, plugs and outlets to ensure everything… Continue reading.

DIY Home Projects

Posted on Jan 30, 2019 in Safety

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the results of a do-it-yourself (DIY) project you’ve been working on – but are you making electrical safety a top priority when you power up the necessary tools? These tips will remind you to always put safety first! Before starting on a DIY task, acquaint yourself with your home’s… Continue reading.

Generator safety protocols for your home

Posted on Dec 27, 2018 in Safety

When preparing for winter weather, many homeowners rely on whole house generators and portable generators to power their homes in the event of a long-term power outage. While they are great resources for your home, there are three major risks that are important to consider. Risk #1: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning To prevent carbon monoxide (CO)… Continue reading.

Snow going

Posted on Dec 06, 2018 in Safety

The best time of the year to start winterizing your home is before the temperatures start to drop and snow is already on the ground, but if you’re reading this and haven’t already made those small changes to your home, consider this your nudge to get started! Preparing your home for cold temperatures doesn’t have… Continue reading.

Prevent home appliance hazards with good habits

Posted on Oct 25, 2018 in Safety

It’s easy to underestimate the dangers posed by the appliances in your home because, let’s face it, they weren’t something you were taught to worry about. When you were a child, your parents handled all of the household duties. When you got your first apartment, your landlord took care of the problems. Now that you… Continue reading.

Electrical overloads

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Safety

No matter what time of year, whether it’s the holidays, full of bright decorations covering every inch of your home, or summertime, when you just can’t seem to plug in enough fans to keep cool, it’s never the wrong time to talk about electrical overloads — and how to prevent them, spot them, and fix… Continue reading.

Understanding your home’s electrical system

Posted on Sep 07, 2018 in Safety

Many move into a new home without understanding the electrical system that makes all the electronics work. Would you know how to trip the main circuit if someone was being shocked in the bathroom? “Understanding how your home’s electrical system functions is important not only to keep it properly maintained, but for your safety if… Continue reading.

Update in progress

Posted on Aug 13, 2018 in Safety

Electricity is a major cause of house fires each year. Since outdated electrical systems can’t handle the demands of today’s devices, malfunctions, electrical fires, injury and electrocution may result. We may forget that like our phones, which update with a simple press of a button, homes need an occasional update, too! You might be tempted… Continue reading.

When thunder roars, go indoors

Posted on Jun 21, 2018 in Safety

Lightning safety begins when you hear the rumble of the thunder in an impending storm. Growing up, your parents might have told you to count the seconds between the thunder and a strike of lightning to know how far away the storm was. “One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand…” But, did you… Continue reading.

Electrical rules to share with kids

Posted on May 24, 2018 in Safety

Born with a natural curiosity, children are always exploring, asking questions and trying new things to understand the world around them. Unfortunately, that curiosity can be dangerous – and even deadly – when it comes to electricity.  “There are 400 deaths and 4,400 injuries from electrical hazards each year,” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana… Continue reading.

Outdoor chores: Electrical hazards can occur outside

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 in Safety

The sun is shining, and we’re finally seeing May flowers blooming. What better way to transition from spring to summer than by spending time outdoors? Those at your electric cooperative remind you electrical hazards are not only present indoors; they can also occur outside. “It’s easy to forget the dangers we can face outdoors when… Continue reading.

Be mindful of line crews

Posted on Mar 22, 2018 in Safety

Do you slow down when you see that flashing orange “Men at Work” sign? This year, National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9-13, and Indiana Electric Cooperatives reminds drivers to be mindful of lineworkers on the job. Utility trucks are equipped with flashing lights and reflective materials. Work zones are marked on the road… Continue reading.

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